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ESC First Contact Initiative Grant

Promoting careers in basic cardiovascular sciences in Europe

Extended deadline: applications are open until the 2 June 2019.

If you want to apply, please read the instructions below and prepare your application accordingly.

What is the grant for?

The purpose of these grants is to provide resources for the setting up of research links by young scientists from European institutions to hosting institutions in a foreign country within or outside Europe. Each grant will provide funds for travel to and from an identified hosting institution and a minimum stay of 10 (ten) calendar days. Applications will be evaluated based on two criteria:

  1. to establish more permanent links, leading to a fellowship or a research affiliate position for the development of a research project in the area of basic cardiovascular sciences.
  2. to learn new skills that will be beneficial to the researcher in their future career, and which can be transferred back to the candidate’s organisation.

Basic rules

  • A maximum of 5 (five) grants of 2,500 Euros (two thousand five hundred) each will be awarded based on the quality of the application
  • They will be distributed in one call per year
  • Successful candidates must use their funds within 9 (nine) months 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates should not be older than 40 (fourty) years at the time of the application deadline
  • Candidates must have activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
  • Candidates must be members of any of the following:

- an ESC National Cardiac Society

- a group included in the Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (check the list)

  • Candidates must be working in a European institution

How to apply

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.

Candidates can only apply via the online application form.

At the time of application, formal eligibility criteria will be checked. If you are not eligible, the First Contact Initiative Grant application form may not be visible.

Before completing the e-form, prepare your pdf application file as you will have to attach it to your e-form.

The pdf application file you will attach to your e-form should consist of a bio-sketch of:

  • Your letter [maximum 2 (two) pages] of motivation including:
    • your membership of any of the groups stated in "Criteria for eligibility"
    • information on your activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences (300 words)
    • details of your project (300 words)
    • a statement on how you intend to use the award (300 words)
    • a statement that, if you do not use the grant within 9 months, you will return it to the ESC.
  • A one-page CV with a publication list
  • A letter of support from the host institution stating that they are willing to host you and what they can offer during your visit
  • A letter of support from your current institution
  • A written commitment to provide a detailed report on the outcome of the initiative after the grant is received.

NB: All details, including the cover letter, should be provided in ONE pdf you will attach to your online application form.

Applications deadline: 2 June

For any queries contact:


Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to data processing to record, evaluate and track your grant application.

The recipients of the data are ESC Staff who process the forms as well as the staff in charge of paying the grant monies.

Data collected will be kept for one year.

These data will be stored in Salesforce.

In accordance with the chapter 3 of the European Regulation 2016/679 with regards to data protection, you have the right to request from ESC, access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing concerning your data or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability.

For such, please contact (be aware that a proof of identity will be requested during the process via a secure web link).

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, and for information, ESC has appointed a Data Protection Officer that you can reach at


Access Scientific Reports from previous grantees